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Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN) Study Sheds Light on Career Readiness Gap in Southeast Michigan

DETROIT, Mich. – The Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN) today released a report focused on the challenges of career readiness and awareness in southeast Michigan, including potential opportunities and ramifications for the region’s residents, employers and economy.

While the region continuesto show clear signs of recovery, employers are still facing major challengesincluding a lack of career ready applicants and extensive pending workforce retirements. Regarding the latter, 58,000 baby boomers per year will reach retirement over the next 15 years, including in key fields as: information technology, health care, and engineering and design.

The WIN study reports that overcoming these barriers to continued economic growth will require a greater alignment between what is being taught in schools and what qualifications are required by employers. Also key: greater education of students and their parents, including as far back as middle school, as to the job opportunities of the future.

With proper alignment and education, says WIN’s findings:

· Michigan could retain at least 75,000 of the 250,000 young people projected to leave the state by 2023 by focusing on career awareness activities

· Retaining theseworkers could increase Michigan worker income by $4 billion during that time period

· Collected income taxes could increase by $160 million

· Sales tax revenues could jump by more than $200 million.

“Failing to act could prove devastating to the Michigan economy,” said Lisa Katz, WIN, executive director. “The career readiness revolution has begun and we are at the forefront of providing long-term sustainability for our economy and workforce.”

ABOUT WORKFORCE INTELLIGENCE NETWORK OF SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN

The Workforce Intelligence Network of Southeast Michigan (WIN) is a collaborative effort between eight community colleges and seven Michigan Works! Agencies, in partnership with numerous other organizations, to create a comprehensive and cohesive workforce developmentsystem in Southeast Michigan that provides employers with the talent they need for success. WIN covers a 9-county area, including Genesee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Shiawassee, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. WIN was founded with the support of the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan and publicly launched in November 2011.

WIN partners:

Colleges
Macomb Community College

Monroe County Community College

Mott Community College

Oakland Community College

Schoolcraft College

St. Clair County Community College

Washtenaw Community College

Wayne County Community College District

Michigan Works! Agencies
Detroit Employment Solutions Corp.

Genesee/Shiawassee Michigan Works! Agency

Livingston County Michigan Works!

Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works!

Oakland County Michigan Works!

Southeast Michigan Community Alliance

Washtenaw County Michigan Works!